Microsoft Office for Mac OS X sucks. Everyone knows it.
Let’s count the ways:
- It’s a system resource hog. Loading Microsoft Word takes forever. Look MS, this is a friggin’ rich text editor. You don’t need to load the entire Visual Basic for Applications runtime library in order for me to write a letter to my grandma.
- Entourage. It was supposed to be the Mac version of Outlook. Unfortunately, it’s more like Outlook’s bastard child which MS kept locked in the closet to starve. Entourage barely accomplishes its core task of being a Mac OS X Exchange client. Avoid at all costs.
- Excel for OS X isn’t as bad as Entourage, but it is a significant downgrade from the PC version. In addition to ridiculous unusable default placement of GUI elements (here’s the full version of the above thumbnail), other interface elements are simply alien. Instead of pressing F2 to edit a cell, you press Ctrl+U.
- Ctrl+U? Who in the hell invented this shit? Perhaps the Office for Mac team was sequestered on the moon during development and was only fed rice krispies, 7UP and crack.
Let’s hope the next update, Microsoft Office for Mac 2008, doesn’t suck.